Leadership

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Conventional wisdom holds that gossip and social exclusion are always malicious, undermining trust and morale in groups. But that is not always true, according to a new study published in the journal Psychological Science. Robb Willer, an associate professor of sociology, explored the nature of...
U.S. Social Security checks
To fiscal hawks, and some political centrists, “mandatory’’ entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security are at the heart of unsustainable, out-of-control federal spending. Mandatory programs, unlike “discretionary” programs, continue year after year and essentially run on autopilot...
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For nearly his entire life, Peter Georgescu has been obsessed with the struggle of good versus evil in human nature. “Why is it possible for people, most of whom can also be loving and compassionate, to do terrible things?” wonders Georgescu, author of The Constant Choice: An Everyday Journey from...
Maeve L.J. Richard
Maeve L.J. Richard, MBA ’84, has been named assistant dean and director of the Career Management Center at Stanford Graduate School of Business. A career advisor since July 2013, Richard came to Stanford following a career in finance at large and small for profit and nonprofit companies in a...
Students meeting
Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me. Napoleon Bonaparte, 1804 Research over the past two decades has established the panoptic effect of power on people. Put simply: Power changes people. People who rise to the tops of companies and...
Disaster relief efforts
Few companies took a bigger hit to their reputation in recent years than JPMorgan Chase. Among many other blows, it agreed to pay $20 billion this fall to settle federal investigations and investor lawsuits about misrepresenting the quality of mortgages it sold during the housing bubble. Small...
Securities and Exchange Commission building
The Securities and Exchange Commission's roundtable on proxy advisory firms in December was long overdue. In July 2010, the agency asked for public comment about these organizations in light of growing concerns that "proxy advisory firms may be subject to conflicts of interest or may fail to...

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